Covid cases in meatpacking counties were 10 times those in other rural counties – December 18, 2020

Covid cases in meatpacking counties were 10 times those in other rural counties During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, rural meatpacking counties had infection rates 10 times higher than rates in other rural counties, said the USDA on Thursday. And despite improvements, the Covid-19 rate in the 49… Continue reading

Monarch butterflies are in peril but won’t go on U.S. endangered list – December 16, 2020

Monarch butterflies are in peril but won’t go on U.S. endangered list The orange-and-black monarch butterfly, known for its 3,000-mile migration across North America and its plunging population, meets the criteria for listing as a threatened or endangered species, said the Interior Department on Tuesday. But it will be listed… Continue reading

Biden vows to pay farmers to plant cover crops and put land in conservation – December 14, 2020

Biden vows to pay farmers to plant cover crops and put land in conservation The government will help farmers mitigate climate change by paying them to “put their land in conservation” and plant cover crops, said President-elect Biden, providing some details on his campaign call to offset greenhouse gas emissions… Continue reading

Farm groups cheer, progressives lament return of Vilsack to USDA – December 10, 2020

Farm groups cheer, progressives lament return of Vilsack to USDA President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary angered farm and food activists who feuded with Vilsack during the Obama years and had hoped for a progressive agenda under Biden. The largest U.S. farm groups welcomed Vilsack on… Continue reading